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· The poem is an account of a cavalry during the Battle of Balaclava in
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· The poem is a ballad
· The refrain at the end of each stanza is varied in line with the
narrative e.g. `Rode the six hundred' and `Left of six hundred'
· The poem begins in medias res (relating a story from the midpoint)
· Six stanzas may represent the six hundred…read more

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Form Explanation:
· The poetic form of a ballad clearly identifies that Tennyson is clearly telling
the story of the charge. Ballads often have tragic endings therefore it is a
fitting choice for the subject matter. The first 3 stanzas depict the Brigade
approaching the valley and the guns while the final 3 describe the retreat
· The refrain emphasises the number of soldiers involved in the cavalry
charge which highlights the number that risked their lives in the name of
their country
· Beginning the poem in medias res immediately creates the excitement and
exhilaration of the cavalry charge. The reader is plunged into the action of
the poem- just like the soldiers were in the battle…read more

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· `Boldly' `Glory' `Honour' `Noble'
· `Theirs not to make reply'
· `Cannon to the right of them'
· `Storm'd at with shot and shell'
· Language evokes a sense of bravery
· Use of anaphora (the repetition of phrases at the beginning of lines)
emphasises the immensity of the charge
· Sibilant alliteration imitates the violence in the battle…read more

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